Nesting box pads???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Arielle, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't like the shavings and straw in the nesting boxes. Because the nmaterial always migrates into theegg collection bowl and if the straw gets wet, it stains the eggs. [​IMG] I don't mind but I won't sell a blemished egg.

    What is the pad I can lay in the nestbox that is easy to wash??
     
  2. SueBaby

    SueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you want something more sophisticated, but we use my husband's old t-shirts.
     
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Very interesting. Never thought of that. Do you roll them? Or lay them flat? I can think of a few turtlenecks that need a new job.
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I use old towels. I just lay them in there.
     
  5. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Kuntrygirl--thanks for another good idea.
     
  6. SueBaby

    SueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We lay the shirts in there flat so that they cover the whole bottom of the nesting box. The girls do tend to move them around, but we just re-position them when needed. When bedding gets tracked in we just shake it out. It's been a few months and I am just now starting to think that they should be washed. We would have used towels, but didn't have any that were the right size. T-shirts were just the next available thing.
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:You're welcome.
     
  8. Arielle

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    I'm wondering what other material people use in the nesting boxes. Like felt pads, or synthetic grass mats; the kind of things get used because there is a need and its around for free.
     
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    Great thread! I never thought about old t-shirts!
     
  10. Arielle

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    Idea--wrap t-shirt over a cardboard square to fit the bottom of the box.
     

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